A leading figure in the downtown Grass Valley community, John Kane, Owner of Kane’s Restaurant , has died from complications from surgery. KNCO Account Executive Joe Hevia, says Kane, who was 59, had gone to southern California for surgery and his wife Maria Ramos, owner of Maria’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, was by his side. John Kane has been a close, personal friend to many members of the KNCO family and the community at large. Kane was a 4th generation San Franciscan who opened Kane’s Restaurant in Grass Valley in 2006. He wanted it to be exhibition-style, with an open kitchen where guests could watch the cooks; just like Original Joe’s on Taylor Street in San Francisco which Kane frequented since he was 9 years old. Later in life he found himself working there.
John moved on in his culinary career as Executive Chef for corporate hotels, personal chef to many celebrities such as Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Jay Leno, and many more. He was also chef of the San Francisco Giants [2003-2007] and President of the Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast. While Corporate Chef of US Food Co., he met his life and business partner, Maria Ramos. John Kane most recently hosted the 6th Annual Penny Pitch at his newly remodeled Kane’s Restaurant, which resulted in over $5,000 in donations to the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition.
Kane’s Manager Amy Brown says the family has asked staff to keep the restaurant open during this difficult time, as John would have wanted.